Susan Himmelweit


Open University

Susan Himmelweit is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Open University, a feminist economist whose research focuses on the gender implications of economic and social policy, the economics and policy of caring and intra-household inequalities. She has been President of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), and from 1996 to 2012, an Associate Editor of its journal Feminist Economics. She was the founding Chair of the UK Women’s Budget Group, a think tank that analyses the gender impact of government policy, was a member of its 2020 Commission on a Gender Equal Economy and is currently co-ordinator of its Policy Advisory Group. Her writings on care include joint reports with Jerome De Henau on A Care-Led Recovery from Coronavirus (2020) for the Women’s Budget Group and on Investing in the Care Economy (2016 and 2017) for the International Trade Union Confederation and UN Women, and a chapter on ‘Transforming care’ in Laurie Macfarlane (ed), New Thinking for the British-Economy, Open Democracy (2018).

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